Navy Reserve Celebrates 99th Anniversary

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Story Number: NNS140327-27Release Date: 3/27/2014 11:11:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales, CHINFO

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Admiral Robin Braun hosted a ceremony to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the Navy Reserve at the Pentagon on March 27th. The ceremony was scheduled to take place on the anniversary date, March 3, but was delayed due to weather.

The Navy Reserve, established in 1915, continues to deploy Sailors all over the world and has been a part of the defense strategy in every major conflict from World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"On any given day, 25 percent of our Sailors are providing fully integrated, global operational support to Fleet and Combatant Commanders making the Navy Reserve an essential element of the Total Force," said Braun.

In honor of the Year of the Military Woman, Braun also delivered remarks about the W.A.V.E.S. who served in the Navy Reserves. "During World War II, they served in 38 different ratings, including aviation instructors, aircraft mechanics, and cryptologists. These women paved the way for those of us who serve today."

The guest speaker, Fleet Master Chief for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education April Beldo, delivered remarks highlighting the accomplishments of women in the Navy Reserve. "Remember the women in our Navy who took a giant leap and stood steadfast, making it clear to our organization that we are a better organization when we capitalize on our differences and embrace diversity," she said.

"From conflict prevention, to conflict support. From combat to peacekeeping. From disaster relief, to humanitarian relief. As a part of every one of these efforts are 20.9 percent women who are making up the Reserve Force," said Beldo.

The mission of the Navy Reserve is to deliver strategic depth and operational capability to the Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Forces.

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